I do apologize. There will be some swearing in this post. Also, some losing of the cool.
First point of order, y’all: I’m recuperating from last week/this week. Last week, Tuesday, the man came to give me the quote to repair the ceiling as well as repairing the wall that had to be cut open to fix the tub. Wednesday, the hot water heater had to be replaced. Thursday, they began work (all day) to repair the Sheetrock and also fix the tape seams on the living room/dining room ceiling. Monday, this week, they came and painted said ceiling.
Stanley is mucho stressed. He stopped eating Thursday, he was so stressed. You’d think that a dog with such a sensitive stomach wouldn’t have gained seven pounds, right? Well, this $4.00 a can diet dog food WILL BE EATEN, even if I have to freeze the damn plate from meal to meal. He finally deigns to eat around noon, because he hasn’t gotten any of his treats, like the Oravet (for his teeth) and the Scoot Bar (for his derriere). Today, I kind of lost it after 3 days of this refusal to eat in the morning. I gave him the speech. “Hey, this isn’t the Ranney Bed and Breakfast, you know. I have things to do. I have a book to write, that I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO WRITE FOR THE PAST FIVE DAYS. Do NOT give me any issues, Stanley, my man. I’m on the edge!”
Second point of order. I’m living in the stupidest city in the world. My City Council decreed, unanimously, that it was a HATE crime to call Covid-19 the Chinese Virus and it was punishable by a ticket or something. I swear, I came THIS close to emailing them and saying, “Hi, I’m Karen Ranney. It’s the Chinese Virus, you morons. Like Lyme Disease and Ebola and German Measles and other stuff, you numbskulls. I’m going to say it as many times as I can. Come and ticket me, you lame brains.”
Third point: the flipping keyboard was STILL skipping whole words. WTF? Who skips whole words? Is there a tiny little censor living inside that keyboard that doesn’t LIKE some of my words? It’s like when I dictate. You cannot dictate swear words on Nuance. They will not type them. Cracks me up, every time. It’s like they’re your Aunt Sadie and wash your mouth out with soap. I ended up getting a wired version of the same keyboard and it works fine. What’s with Apple never making any ergonomic keyboards for Mac? It’s a pain trying to find a Windows ergonomic keyboard that works with a Mac. In case you want to know, this one is a Perixx PERIBOARD-512W Periboard-512 Ergonomic Split Keyboard and it works pretty well, plus it’s comfy.
Fourth point: I got off the CardioStrider wrong and poked myself with the handle. I went, “Ow,” then didn’t think anything about it until I got undressed that night (three days ago). Holy Batman! I evidently bruised my left breast. This is the one that was damaged when I was attacked many years ago and it’s uncomfortable. I can’t sleep in my normal position. I have to prop myself up with pillows and use ice packs. It will get better in a few days, but I’m annoyed at my own klutziness. (The fact that I have averaged about four hours sleep for the past two nights might have something to do with my mood. 🙂 )
Fifth point: I don’t know what happened to paper towels, but I haven’t had any for ages. I’ve been using terrycloth bar towels and just washing them. The other day, however, I ordered a case of paper towels from Amazon. Good grief, they could double for sandpaper. They’re for commercial dispensers, and I thought they would work, but no. I stashed them in the garage. I have NO idea what I’m going to do with them. I value my hands too much to use them.
Sixth point: I’m having issues with the new book and I needed some way to list the chronology. So, I went back to the Aeon Timeline software that I bought years ago, determined to understand it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to figure that out. Well, something I read turned on the light bulb. It was a EUREKA moment for me. I went, “Of course! That’s how it works.” I love when that happens. I just wish it had happened ages ago. Bottom line, it did exactly what I needed for it to do, illuminated what was wrong. I’ve been sailing through the book for the past two days.
Well, that’s my life lately. I have to confess, however, that in utter rebellion, I refused to take out the garbage today (it’s only a 1/4 of a container.)
I sincerely hope that all of you are doing well. Warm fuzzies to all of you. Waving my magic wand in your direction. Now it’s time to go and convince Stanley that he really does want to eat dinner tonight. Wish me luck. (Still don’t understand how he gained weight.)